As New York City approaches high alert level for coronavirus,

NEW YORK (NYTIMES) – Citing high community transmission and rising hospitalisations from a fifth wave of coronavirus cases, New York City health officials Monday (May 16) strongly recommended that all individuals wear medical-grade masks in offices, grocery stores and other public indoor settings citywide. The new recommendations, issued in a health advisory by the city […]Read More

US FDA to soon authorise Pfizer’s Covid-19 booster shot for

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – US health regulators are expected to authorise a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 as soon as Tuesday (May 18), the New York Times reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter. The companies submitted an application to the US Food and Drug Administration for […]Read More

Elisabeth Borne: New French PM is a technocrat and Macron

PARIS (AFP) – Ms Elisabeth Borne, who is taking the reins of President Emmanuel Macron’s government as the first female prime minister in over 30 years, is an experienced technocrat who enjoys the full confidence of the French leader. The 61-year-old engineer proved her loyalty to Mr Macron during his first term, serving as transport, […]Read More

How often can you be infected with Covid-19?

NEW YORK (NYTIMES) – A virus that shows no signs of disappearing, variants that are adept at dodging the body’s defences and waves of infections two, maybe three times a year – this may be the future of Covid-19, some scientists now fear. The central problem is that the coronavirus has become more adept at […]Read More

US set to extend Covid-19 public health emergency past July

NEW YORK (BLOOMBERG) – The US government will extend the Covid-19 public health emergency past mid-July, continuing pandemic-era policies as the nearly two-and-a-half-year outbreak drags on. The Department of Health and Human Services has repeatedly renewed the public health emergency since implementing it in January 2020. The declaration allows the US to grant emergency authorisations […]Read More

Ukraine ends mission to defend besieged Mariupol steel plant

KYIV/MARIUPOL (REUTERS) – Ukraine’s military command said in early hours on Tuesday (May 17) that the mission to defend the besieged Azovstal steel plant by “the heroes of our time” in the strategic southern port of Mariupol is over and pledged to rescue servicemen still trapped inside. “The ‘Mariupol’ garrison has fulfilled its combat mission,” […]Read More

McDonald’s to sell its Russian business, try to keep workers

More than three decades after it became the first American fast food restaurant to open in the Soviet Union, McDonald’s said Monday that it has started the process of selling its business in Russia, another symbol of the country’s increasing isolation over its war in Ukraine. The company, which has 850 restaurants in Russia that […]Read More

Sweden Poised To Join Finland In Seeking NATO Membership

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden has decided to follow neighboring Finland and apply for NATO membership, ending more than 200 years of military nonalignment because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, officials said Monday. Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson called it “a historic change in our country’s security policy” as she addressed lawmakers in the Swedish capital. “Sweden […]Read More

Northern Ireland: PM meets Stormont parties to avert crisis –

Getty Images The UK government is poised to introduce legislation that would allow ministers in London to override parts of the Brexit deal on Northern Ireland. The Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, is expected to make a statement tomorrow. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is currently visiting Northern Ireland to encourage the return of the devolved government. […]Read More